No Immediate Palmer Return Blow for City

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Truro City have received a blow ahead of today’s home Blue Square Bet South game against third-placed Chelmsford City….

….with the news that utility player Ed Palmer will now not be rejoining them for a second spell on loan from Torquay United.

Truro boss Lee Hodges had been hoping to re-sign Palmer on a further 28-day loan after being given special dispensation by the league because of the club’s injury problems.

Palmer returned to Torquay after his first loan spell expired at the start of the year and with City unable to sign new players because they are under a transfer embargo imposed due to their financial problems.

But Hodges said: “I spoke to Ed and he was happy about that, but I have had a phone call from Martin Ling, the Torquay United manager, confirming that he is now in their squad because they have picked up a couple of injuries. So he is staying with Torquay.

“From our point of view, I am disappointed with the outcome, but of course we’re talking about Ed’s career and we wish him the very best.

“I hope he does well and I will be following his progress – and if he becomes available again I will certainly be very interested.”

But Barry Hayles is back in the squad again after his two month injury lay-off.

Hodges added: “Barry has been training on his own and had his first full session with us last night, so it’s just a question of seeing how he reacts to that now as regards exactly how we use him against Chelmsford.”

Stewart Yetton and keeper Tim Sandercombe are still some weeks away from a return but Marcus Martin is back to fitness.

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